Seattle Ranked Among Highest Rent Paying Cities

for-rent-signIt’s no secret that Seattle is one of the hottest cities in the country for young adults in their 20’s and 30’s and beyond. That’s not surprising information given the influx of tech related jobs with popular companies such as Microsoft, Amazon, Apple, Expedia and many more in and around the area. Add to that a fabulous art and music scene, incredible restaurants driven by award winning chefs and breath taking views, and you’ve got a recipe that has had more young people moving to the Emerald City than ever before.

In spite of  this consistent growth in the city, Seattle has still managed to elude Zillow’s annual Top Ten List of highest rent paying cities in the country,  instead sitting pretty for the last 4 years at #13. That is, until now. Seattle has placed at #10 on the list for 2015, knocking Philadelphia out of a spot it has firmly held on to for the past 4 years. That means that the Big Kahuna of the PNW is up there with the likes of New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, to name just a few.

Perhaps surprisingly for some, the list states that Seattleites paid a whopping $10.2 Billion (yes, you read the right) in rent between November 2014 and November 2015. Couple that with the estimated 20,000 more people who found employment in that time and it starts to make sense, and while it may be easy and even logical to assume the tech boom is responsible for all this, it’s not alone.

Tech companies have experienced a 5 percent increase over the last year, which is nothing to sneeze at, but it’s the construction industry that takes the cake, with an estimated 6.7 percent increase over the last year. Developers in Seattle have been rushing to meet the housing demand of the city (with 10,425 apartment units recently completed or under construction and about a 25 percent increase in apartment inventory over the past three years), but it’s not likely to be quite enough or to help ease rental prices.

“It’s unlikely we’ll see any real rent relief in Seattle any time soon,”  said CEO and co-founder of Cozy Gino Zahnd. “While there’s plenty of new construction, these projects tend to focus on luxury units. Nationwide, we aren’t seeing many new units targeted at middle-income earners.” And though Seattle has plenty of high earners eagerly looking for housing, Zahnd says “Demand will likely remain high, as long as Seattle’s biggest employers continue to expand,” and notes that it’s unlikely we’ve reached a point of saturation, particularly on the high end.

Zahnd also points out that while the construction boom has brought many new jobs to the city, it is unlikely that these construction workers are living in the high-end luxury units they’re building. “Sure people are coming for these construction jobs, but are they living in the luxury high rises they’re building?” he said. “Even with no data, I’m almost certain they are not.”

In any case, with all these new jobs, a housing boom and being ranked among the countries ‘Big Boys’ for the first time, it seems Seattle is finally beginning to be taken seriously as one of the major cities in the country, a fact locals have know for quite some time.

End of Year: King County Rental Report

DT View 1521This December, 204 properties leased according to the Northwest Multiple Listing Service. King county had a 8.9% decrease in properties from the previous month. The highest priced property leased for $6,500/mo. This Luxury condo was a 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom 1,968 square foot unit in a desirable downtown location on 2nd Ave between Pike and Pine. On the contrary, the lowest priced 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom condo leased on the MLS was a 965 sq ft condo in Kent, it rented for $1,200/mo. The luxury condo spending three times the amount of time on the MLS database before it rented.

MLS data shows that 240 properties leased in Dec 2014 compared to Dec 2015’s 204 properties, a 15% decrease in leased listings from its previous year.

Lets do a quick analysis of the rental market in 2014 compared to 2015. The twelve months of 2014 shows 377 more properties leased than in 2015.  3,579 listings rented in 2014 compared to the following year’s 3,202. That’s a 10.5% decrease than the year before. Rental prices have increased over the years and inventory has gone down quite a bit. This change in the market can make it hard to find a reasonable rental in King county on your own. If you are looking for assistance contact a licensed professional who can help you with the latest market updates and find you fact access to the best MLS rental listings. Please contact an agent today with your real estate needs. 

 

 

Most Expensive Active Seattle Luxury Rentals

Although we usually profile and feature “run of the mill” luxury rentals, today I’d like to feature some of the most expensive active rentals on the market in Seattle and environs. We’re talking like… top 10. Yeah, the big kahunas. Not that the other’s aren’t enviable to say in the least!

10. $8,500

Located in Belltown, this property boasts not only views of downtown, but also Puget Sound and the Space Needle. With a gourmet kitchen, floor to ceiling windows, touch screen sound system, garage parking and two storage units. Listed by Joseph Kelly of Soleil Real Estate of Seattle.

9. $8,500

This contemporary Lake Union home boasts a 270 degree view of the water, heated floors, top of the line kitchen appliances and marble bath. This 1,000 square foot house was built in 2011 and has been on the market for 139 days and is listed by Scott Wasner of Sotheby’s.

8. $9,800

Want a penthouse? Who am I kidding, of course you do. And nowone is up for grabs! For rent at least. This 26th floor, 3,081 square foot residence boats three bedrooms and enormous 290 degrees of skyline, mountains, and water. Oak floors, maple cabinetry, gas fireplace, and a chefs kitchen. On the market for 44 days, this property is listed by Julia Tsurusaki with Pointe3 Real Estate.

7. $10,000

Out next most expensive property calls Mercer Island home. Originally listed at $12,000, this 3,880 square foot gorgeous waterfront home features a newly remodeled kitchen with an ensuite deck and jacuzzi tub (uh, that’s awesome). 85′ of waterfront with moorage and dock, two jets lifts and a boat lift. Nicely settled near some parks, what could get better? Not much, that’s what. Listed by Anthony Yap of TAG Realty.

6. $10,000

Tied at $10,000, this Laurelhurst home has only been on the market for a month. Fully furnished with views of Lake Washington, this 4,660 square foot contemporary northwest home comes with Laurelhurt Beach Club access. Offering five bedrooms and four bathrooms, it’s listed by Timothy Lenihan of Windermere Real Estate.

5. $11,000

Now, this one has me drooling. This unit is within the Four Seasons Private Residences Seattle. Two bedrooms and a den, valet parking, 24 hour security and concierge, mile high views, this 2,082 square foot overlooks the Great Wheel through floor to ceiling windows. With a gas fireplace and an ultra modern kitchen, it’s enough to make anyone go gaga. Listed by Scott Wasner of Sotheby’s.

4. $11,000

Another beauty at $11,000, the stunningly designed Arthur Erickson Highlands home is a looker. Having seen this sumptuous property myself, the views and grounds as well as the guest house, I can say will all certainty that it. is. worth. it. Listed by our own Betsy Terry of Our Distinctive Home Shop in Madison Park, this 7,470 square foot masterpiece is constructed  from polished concrete, with a glass ceiling. Mountain and sound views, and a Pemberley-esque (We got any Jane Austen fans out there? No? Just me? Okay) park off the swimming pool.

3. $12,500

Located in Hunts Point and built in 1995, this home is nestled on prime waterfront with lake, city, and mountain views. Designed by Curtis Gelotte, the house is nestled between manicured landscaping and old growth trees. With moorage and a dock, this 3,710 square foot home is full of natural wood and stone details, evoking the architectural style of the pacific northwest. Listed by Anna Riley of Windermere Real Estate.

2. $18,000

Another jewel of Hunts Point, this residence boasts a stunning Chihuly glass chandelier hanging from a sky-lit ceiling. This 3,000 square foot west-facing residence features rustic timers, posts, and beams embodies pacific northwest architecture and art. Listed by Tere Foster and Moya Skillman of Windermere Real Estate.

1. $20,000

Topping our list is a mansion in Clyde Hill. At 6,000 this european designed six bedroom, eight bathroom masterpiece was custom built in 2007. With a gated entrance and a large pool in the backyard, a large up to date kitchen, and an indoor jacuzzi. Listed by Robert Radulescu with The Force Realty.

Well folks, which one is your favorite??

Easy Steps to Create a Cozy and Cost-Efficiant Home

cozyNow that the cold weather has arrived it is a great time to add a few steps in warming up your home in cost-efficient yet cozy ways.

Curtains are a great addition to the home. Some might think that curtains are outdated but there are many fashionable curtains available at great prices. The heavier the curtain the better. When closed the curtain can block the cold from drafty windows and help save you money on the heater bill.

Using the new Cree brand LED bulbs instead of incandescent and florescent light bulbs will save you money. They pay for themselves in a year and last will last nine more!

Replacing old thermostats with Nest brand thermostats can cut heating costs by thirty percent each month. They look better and are programmable. They track your habits and adjust accordingly as well as connect to Wi-Fi and can be controlled from your ipad.

Having hardwood or tile floors can keep your home cooler in the warmer months but can be a bit chillier on your feet in the winter. Add a thick rug to warm the space up and make it more comfortable.

By simply adding comfortable and soft upholstery fabrics to lampshades, curtains, or a heavy throw blankets will make a room feel warmer.

 

Arguments Over Mandating Section 8 Housing

Schack1_bigThere is a new apartment project being planned on Capitol Hill, on the corner of 14th Ave E & E Republican Street, that is said to be for renters looking for a boutique building to live in, with retail and a great walkable score. According to the Daily Journal of Commerce, new developers John Schack and Dugan Earl have formed a development and consulting  company in the Seattle area called Revolve, and will begin construction on their first project this summer. Finding the perfect site for the proposed 35 unit, 4-story apartment complex wasn’t easy. The dynamic due apparently spent 6 months analyzing  some 150 sites on Capitol Hill, Fremont, Ballard, Columbia City and West Seattle; all urban areas predicted to continue blossoming with renters.

While they were knee deep in the search, they ran into a road block, and a big one at that. According to Schack, “once a property is listed, it’s blood in the water for piranhas.” They found themselves coming in second, and being beat to the punch when expressing interest in any given project, so they found an alternative option. They approached sites that were of interest to them that were off-market, and purchased a 10,183-square-foot Capitol Hill site in November 2011 that is soon to be the home of their first project. The building will have 33 one-bedroom units, 2 studios, 19 stalls for below ground parking, a courtyard for entertainment, and a roof top deck. For more news to come on when the project will be leasing units, visit Revolve’s news blog.

Beautiful Broadview Townhouse – AVAILABLE

This Broadview townhome for rent is beautiful inside and out. This townhouse is located just North of Seattle in the Broadview community.  This charming light-filled end unit is peaceful inside and accessible to bus lines for easy access to Downtown, U-District, Northgate and all the wonderful attractions Seattle has to offer. The kitchen is open with lots of storage and counter space, which includes a gas range and all appliances. The townhouse has a wonderful open floor plan great for entertaining and living room has great gas fireplace. Attached one car garage.

Click the links for more pictures and information on this Broadview Townhouse rental, check out Seattle Craigslist or search other Seattle luxury rentals.

Status: For Rent
Bed/Bath 2/1.5
List Price: $1,395/mo

Queen Anne View Home – AVAILABLE

Seattle RentalThis Seattle rental sits on Queen Anne Hill with a sweeping view of Seattle’s magnificent skyline.  The home has been remodeled in keeping with the craftsman style.  The main floor has hardwood floors, a fireplace and a dining room open to the gourmet kitchen.  The upstairs has three bedrooms.  The basement is finished with an extra kitchen, bedroom, and family room.  The yard is fenced and private.  While some of the bedrooms are cozy, this is a great home for someone looking to live on Queen Anne and near Downtown and Lake Union – especially for easy access to the Gates Foundation and Amazon.

Click the link for more pictures and information on this Queen Anne Rental or look for the listing on Craigslist Seattle.

Status: For Rent
Bed/Bath: 5/2.5
List Price: $3,400/mo

 

Queen Anne View Home – AVAILABLE

Seattle RentalThis Seattle rental sits on Queen Anne Hill with a sweeping view of Seattle’s magnificent skyline.  The home has been remodeled in keeping with the craftsman style.  The main floor has hardwood floors, a fireplace and a dining room open to the gourmet kitchen.  The upstairs has three bedrooms.  The basement is finished with an extra kitchen, bedroom, and family room.  The yard is fenced and private.  While some of the bedrooms are cozy, this is a great home for someone looking to live on Queen Anne and near Downtown and Lake Union – especially for easy access to the Gates Foundation and Amazon.

Click the link for more pictures and information on this Queen Anne Rental or look for the listing on Craigslist Seattle.

Status: For Rent
Bed/Bath: 5/2.5
List Price: $3,400/mo

 

Seattle Rental Scene Heats Up

Seattle ApartmentAccording to Bloomberg.com, U.S. apartment and rental vacancies have decreased over the last few months, which have allowed landlords and apartment buildings to increase rental rates.  There have been a large amount of families relocating to Seattle with companies such as Amazon, Fred Hutchinson, local hospitals, and other companies going through hiring frenzies.  Many of these families are in no rush to purchase since they aren’t sure which Seattle neighborhoods they would prefer to live in and most have the luxury of temporary housing.  Larger companies tend to offer temporary housing which allows tenants the time to learn more about which neighborhoods they would prefer to live in and at the same time leads to a decrease in Seattle apartment vacancies.  Owners of single family rental homes throughout the Puget Sound area have benefited from those tenants looking for the perfect home for their family and preferring a house over an apartment.  These owners benefit due to a lack of inventory and a large amount of families searching, which consequently has allowed landlords to obtain higher rental rates. To read more about a decrease in vacancies and an increase in the Seattle rental rates, please read the article here.

Elegant Eastlake Rental- AVAILABLE

This elegantly appointed 2 bed, 2.5 bath Eastlake condo also includes a den and has views of Lake Union and Downtown Seattle. From its sophisticated aesthetic to its steel and concrete structure, this home offers the finest materials and design. This newly painted condo has an amazing open floor plan with European hardwoods, 9.5 foot ceilings, and gas fireplace. The kitchen contains stainless steel appliances and granite counter-tops. The condo has over 30 feet of roof top deck with full Western Views.  Please follow the links to find full listing details and photos of the home, check out Craigslist Seattle or search other Seattle luxury rentals.

Status: For Rent
Bed/Bath 2/2.5
List Price: $3,499/mo